Cotopaxi Climber's Log

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Herb - Oct 24, 2011 7:56 am Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2010

Cotopaxi normal route from Refugio Jose Ribas  Sucess!

It snowed on the days before our climb and when we arrived at Jose Ribas hut on the 13th of November. We found a lot of loose snow on some of the traverses of the normal route, so belaying was mainly mental safety... :) We had some fog and clouds during most of the ascent in the night and early morning. At least we got a few views when summiting around 7.30 a.m. because we broke through the cloud cover at app. 5.700 m.
Very nice and perfectly shaped mountain. I'm glad that we made Cotopaxi, since we got no chance on Chimborazo after that: too much snow and avalanche danger - we had to turn around on the 17th of November already at 5.250 m.


hunterslee - Oct 23, 2011 9:42 pm Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2010

Awesome!  Sucess!

Love this Mountain, the view looking into that crater is something else...if you're reading this and haven't summitted Cotopaxi, just go there and do it!


Socorro - Oct 19, 2011 1:19 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011

Next time...

We reached 17,700 ft (5400 m) and had to turn back at a crevasse. One team made it across and to the summit, but crossing apparently involved jumping it, vertical climbing, crossing a wood board and a very weak snow bridge that might collapse by return. Our guide said if we crossed we would be committed to descending an alternate route. Several teams tried probing for the end but had no luck. All the teams except the one summit team turned back that morning. Bizarre that we were the group to find this obstacle in worse condition than before, but I´ll be back soon hopefully.

karore - Oct 8, 2011 11:35 am Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2011

Good climb  Sucess!

Hard climb, coming down was harder because altitude gave me a asthmatic cough.

ferbat - Aug 12, 2011 4:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008

Cotopaxi  Sucess!

Great peak !


xpda - Aug 9, 2011 9:57 pm Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009

Second Try  Sucess!

Made it!


dunsum - Aug 6, 2011 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011

summit  Sucess!

Climbed with my friend, Jonas Haag.


7summits - Apr 5, 2011 1:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2010

icey and crevassed  Sucess!

cold, windy and icy and a very crevassed route, the normal route had changed because of this. Summited with zero visibility and a layer of ice on me.

Met Ivan Vallejos, so that was more fun than the summit :)

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Apr 5, 2011 1:41 pm

Ivan vallejo!

I bet it was more fun. Ivan Vallejo is a legend and a great person!.. He is the 7th climber out of 10 who climbed ALL 8000'ers without supplementary oxygen.

He is the only South American to do so, and the second in the whole continent after Ed Viesturs from the USA.


edomar2611 - Feb 16, 2011 8:34 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2008

Normal Route in a snow storm  Sucess!

I climbed Cotopaxi during a snowy storm, leading for the first time a group of three persons.
No panorama!


cookedfish - Feb 11, 2011 3:29 pm Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2010

Beautiful Mountain  Sucess!

My buddy and I, who were spending the semester studying in Ecuador, made it up over the weekend with a local guide. Cotopaxi was a beautiful mountain, an easy enough climb for the beginners that we were, and a good experience with our guide. It certainly helps to live in Quito awhile in order to acclimatize.


wmolland - Feb 1, 2011 1:50 pm Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2011

Cloudy summit  Sucess!

We left too early and were left shivering under the final steep ice/snow section for an hour waiting for the sun to rise. Got to the top in clouds but it was still an awesome climb up. Some of the ice formations are wild up there!

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Jan 29, 2011 8:04 pm Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2011

AWESOME!  Sucess!

new hight point for me,FANTASTIC WEATHER! I was preparing for this climb last few months, maybe i should go for Chimbo or Cayambe, but there is always next time.


tmfaust21 - Jan 27, 2011 6:49 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2011

Nice day  Sucess!

Great weather and a new high point for myself


dbakwin - Jan 24, 2011 11:46 pm Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2011

good day  Sucess!

it is the best way to spend your early morning

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Jan 17, 2011 3:27 pm Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2011

Nice summit day!  Sucess!

Climbed with Tilo and Katherine, both from Germany. I looked back down to Paulo PAROFES from time to time. He taught me a new Portuguese word “gostosa”.

The weather was perfect, clear sky. Our climb was lit by a bright half-moon which showed us our way to follow. I barely used my headlamp.

We got to the summit (5,897 m / 19,347 ft) at 6:30 am, exactly five and a half hours after leaving from the refuge. Awesome views of the crater and other mountains.

Totally happy. I summited Illiniza Sur the following day. :)


Inday - Jan 17, 2011 10:40 am Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2011

Success!  Sucess!

Left the refuge at 1:10 am in two rope teams, one of three and the other of two, and summited in 4 hours and 40 minutes. We were first on summit that day, right in time for the sunrise! Absolutely breathtaking!


PAROFES - Jan 15, 2011 7:07 pm Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2011

OK!  Sucess!

Okay people insisted and i went up there.
Summited solo in alpine style. Camp 100m outside the refuge...
Almost frostbite on one finger, really crazy. Have to buy new gloves...
Perfect and clear day. Back in the refuge by 09:45 am.
Finaly.... :)
Ah, and i did with a damn cold, my throat infected as hell...
Now have to get some rest and get better...
Bumped into Boris several times during the climb and together at the summit!


rgg - Jan 16, 2011 8:41 am

Re: OK!

Congrats, Paulo!
I told you it takes three times ...

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Jan 16, 2011 4:50 pm

Re: OK!

Great work Paulo! I second Rob, it does take three times to climb this mountain :-)

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